How do I use my Rift on the go?
Taking your Oculus Rift with you wherever you go will make you one of the most popular people in the room, but the process of transporting and setting things up can be a hassle. Don't forget about the stress involved with moving your expensive gaming PC around with you — things can get damaged or lost en route.
Here are a few items and tips that making traveling with your Oculus Rift a breeze!
Best carrying cases for your Rift
Lanshowed Rift carrying case
The inside of this case is lined with velveteen to keep your Rift and accessories from getting scratched, and it has a hard, EVA shell to protect from drops and punctures when in transit. PU leather actually coats the outside of the case, so you can wipe it down if it gets dirty. On the inside, half of the case has a mesh, zippered pocket for your controller, sensor, and other accessories, and the other half has an elastic band to keep your Rift in place. This case starts at only about $24.
USA Gear S7 Rift carrying case
Looking for a Rift carrying case that you can wear over your shoulder? This case has plenty of padding, a bunch of customizable dividers, a removable shoulder strap, and durable zippers. You can fit your Rift, sensor, and controller in here no problem, and it will all stay safe and sound while it travels with you. There is an extra pocket on the outside of the case for any other accessories you have, and the bottom of the case is made from waterproof material to protect your hardware in adverse conditions. This case starts at about $20.
Hyperkin Polygon Rift bag
If you're traveling in a situation where you can't babysit your Rift the entire time — like on an airplane — you want the ultimate protection. Hyperkin has created a carrying case designed to protect your Rift to the utmost degree. It has a bunch of padded interior walls that can be changed around to your liking, and the foam padding around the outside is on a grid to help protect from bumps and shocks. A padded cover goes over your Rift and accessories, then another durable lid folds down and clips shut to keep everything in place. There is more than enough room for your sensor, controller, and HMD, and it comes with a shoulder strap for your convenience. This case starts at about $80.
More Rift accessories
If you're in the mood for more Rift accessories, travel-oriented or not, we have a great guide that includes everything from cleaning supplies to an omnidirectional treadmill.
Best laptops for VR
Traveling with your Rift demands a portable PC to go along with it. Toting your entire desktop computer along with a monitor really isn't acceptable, especially when using public transportation. Here is our pick for the best laptop for VR.
While many laptops ready for VR can be astronomically expensive, the Alienware 17 really isn't bad for what you're getting. This includes your choice of an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, an AMD Radeon RX 470 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, or an NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8gb of GDDR5 VRAM for a graphics card, and up to an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a 3.5GHz clock speed. This thing flies.
You can also choose up to a 17-inch, 4K display and up to 32GB of RAM if you really want to get silly. No matter the configuration, this laptop will run your Rift without a problem. Configurations start at about $1500.
More VR laptops
If you're not satisfied with an Alienware laptop, we have plenty more VR-ready laptop suggestions for you over in our laptop buyer's guide.
There are a few safety guidelines to keep in mind when traveling with your Rift.
No electronics like getting wet, so consider investing in a waterproof case when you travel. If one isn't available, wrapping the Rift in padding and plastic is a good alternative. You never know when you might run into unexpected rain or — worse — when you might accidentally fall into the hotel's pool. Yikes.
The road is long...and dirty. Dust gets through even the tightest zippers, and your Rift suffers. That thing is going on your face at some point, so you want to make sure it's clean. Investing in a good microfiber cloth for the lenses is a good starting point, but what about everything else? Have a look at our Rift cleaning guide for tips on how to clean your Rift before your next gaming session.
If you're traveling by air with your Oculus Rift, bring a bit of documentation — like an owner's manual — that proves it is nothing nefarious. Since you can't easily power it on like a laptop, some security agents might be reticent to let you through if they're unfamiliar with the product.
There's no doubt your Rift will be scanned with X-Ray, but worry not! No damage will be done. If you must check your Rift, you're going to want some decent padding for it while it is out of your hands. If at all possible, carry your Rift on the plane with you so that you can keep an eye on it. Airports are notorious for ruining luggage.
Do you travel?
Have you toted your Rift with you on a long flight or car ride? What was the outcome? Let us know about it in the comments section below!